Project 3 : Peräpohjolan Opisto

Peräpohjolan Opisto

Peräpohjolan Opisto is a seasoned, independent folk high school which was founded already in 1901. It is located in a traditional, scenic landscape of Tornio Kiviranta by the famous free flowing Tornio River. Close proximity to the Swedish border offers wide range of cultural opportunities to our students. Peräpohjolan Opisto provides education, vocational training and additional training in the fields of education and guidance sector. Students can study a profession, complete basic education or just individual courses. 

Your work as a volunteer

We hope that our volunteers could organize activities and instruct our students living in a dormitory. S/he could work with education export by building a network to her/his own home country. Our volunteers are welcome to participate in Finnish language and culture education. One of the volunteers will do cooperation with the youth office in the town of Tornio and have some tasks with the local youth workers and young people. Of course we are also open for discussion to the volunteer's own ideas of her/his work!


Our personnel consists of 20 people and 3 of them will be working with the ESC volunteer. Currently we have approximately 250 students, most of them are young adults. Peräpohjolan Opisto also has a substance- and smokefree student dormitory which accommodates up to 32 persons. Volunteers will be accommodated at the student dormitory in 1-2 persons per room. Meals are served at school canteen so different diets can be taken into consideration. 

Volunteer profile

We wish our volunteer is sociable person with a positive attitude and own initiative. 

The volunteer should also be tolerant and have the ability to work with people from different cultural backgrounds. 

The positions are suitable for any young person aged 18-30 with fluent English skills, hence the common working language will be English. 

More information 


Application forms + CVs (motivation letter optional) by email to